Clint Kaster
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Peter Richter commented on Clint Kaster's blog post My Worst Show In Recent Memory
"Mate... that's bad!"
Oct 15
Clint Kaster commented on Clint Kaster's blog post My Worst Show In Recent Memory
"Oh, and did I mention the last minute addition of six singers who wanted headset mics so they could walk through the crowd humming a theme song to the video roll?  The black circles on the diagram are pillars, by the way, and that's a LOT…"
Oct 14
Clint Kaster posted a blog post

My Worst Show In Recent Memory

Hired for a gala event in a room I know to be difficult.  Quick program, a fundraising appeal and then the guests retire upstairs for a dance party.  We walk in to discover the room PACKED with chairs -- literally barely enough room to walk through them -- this diagram does NOT do justice to the lack of space.The venue informs me that NO speaker stands can be placed on the floor as they interfere with catering.  Thinking fast, I pulled in column arrays and made it through the rehearsal just…See More
Oct 14
Clint Kaster posted a blog post

A Good Day In Audio

As my third ex-wife used to point out, I am capable of great complaint about an otherwise awesome job.  This week has been a nice reminder of how fantastic this job really is most days.I was brought into the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant a few years ago and it's been a joy.  Top-notch staff in the pageant and a team of dedicated volunteers, a world-class choreographer who I love watching work (picking up tips for my next career!), a friendly and knowledgeable venue team AND a production crew…See More
Jun 27
Clint Kaster replied to wayne Tait's discussion Qu 24 Digital mixer
"We got in both the 16- and 24-ch frames and I'm currently on a scholarship pageant using every in/out on the 24.  LOVE it.  Can't wait for the 32 if only because this show is talking about adding a second stage next year.... "
Jun 26
Domenico Carrera commented on Clint Kaster's blog post Venue Electrical - An Amazement
"Back in the 80's I had a gig at a local community 'council' hall whuch had the old bakerlite power points and old style power distribution for lighting. I am starting to setup and notice all stage power circuits had the same…"
May 27
Jim Richards commented on Clint Kaster's blog post Venue Electrical - An Amazement
"...and maybe a lot of bandages and burn ointment!"
May 26
Clint Kaster replied to George Petersen's discussion Interesting article on Festival VIP packages...
"And I should add, there are great little festivals that deserve every penny of our support all over the country from Lightning In A Bottle to The Fest to WTF back here in Oregon.  Under 5000 attendees, great acts and fantastic atmosphere make…"
May 24
Clint Kaster replied to George Petersen's discussion Interesting article on Festival VIP packages...
"Flip a coin -- do you want your stage littered with advertising OR do you want to lose "best view" seats?  I'm glad there are still festivals like Pickathon available.  No ads, nobody's special…just great music.…"
May 24
Bill Yekel commented on Clint Kaster's blog post Venue Electrical - An Amazement
"Sounds like they had the same electrical inspector that this place did. "
May 22
George Petersen commented on Clint Kaster's blog post Venue Electrical - An Amazement
"Ouch! For the next gig there, maybe you'd wanna bring a generator — or better yet, a substation!"
May 22
Clint Kaster commented on George Petersen's blog post HOW 'BOUT A LITTLE UNDERSTANDING?
"OMG, George -- I had a florist put a stack of water-soaked "foam brick" directly in front of our little K-Arrays at an event two weeks ago.  Granted, she had no idea they were speakers but there WAS music coming out of them while she…"
May 21
Clint Kaster posted a blog post

Venue Electrical - An Amazement

This was mentioned in my recent post regarding our K-Array loudspeakers.  Being torture-testers of audio, we routinely patch gear together over great distances and find power weirdness with perhaps more regularity than the "right-stack, left-stack" types.At a community center the other night, our neighborhood suffered a power outage which ran from about my house (my girlfriend called to make sure we'd paid the bill) and into the community center next door and on down the hill.  Everything north…See More
May 21
Bill Yekel liked Clint Kaster's blog post Clients, Prep and The Strike: A Rant.
May 20
Carl Stewart commented on Clint Kaster's blog post Clients, Prep and The Strike: A Rant.
"I'm so spoiled!  I work as a freelance stagehand and technician strictly in the corporate / convention market (which includes bands both well known and unknown for the live entertainment), and the second thing we do is look at the plots.…"
May 20
Greg Cameron commented on Clint Kaster's blog post Clients, Prep and The Strike: A Rant.
"It's ok if talent wants to perform for free other than the usual travel expenses. It happens all the time at all levels of entertainment. However, it's not ok for the vendors be asked to do charity/fundraisers for free or even reduced…"
May 20

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What is your full name? (Yes, your real one.)
Clint Kaster
How long have you been doing sound?
22 years
What’s your current gig?
Business Owner
What is your current/favorite audio toy(s)?
APB Spectrasonic

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Portland, Oregon
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Clint@SmartTechAV.com

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My Worst Show In Recent Memory

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 5:36pm 2 Comments

Hired for a gala event in a room I know to be difficult.  Quick program, a fundraising appeal and then the guests retire upstairs for a dance party.  We walk in to discover the room PACKED with chairs -- literally barely enough room to walk through them -- this diagram does NOT do justice to the lack of space.

The venue informs me that NO speaker stands can be placed on the floor as they interfere with catering.  Thinking fast, I pulled in column arrays and made it through the…

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A Good Day In Audio

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 5:59pm 0 Comments

As my third ex-wife used to point out, I am capable of great complaint about an otherwise awesome job.  This week has been a nice reminder of how fantastic this job really is most days.

I was brought into the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant a few years ago and it's been a joy.  Top-notch staff in the pageant and a team of dedicated volunteers, a world-class choreographer who I love watching work (picking up tips for my next career!), a friendly and knowledgeable venue team AND…

Continue

Venue Electrical - An Amazement

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:05pm 4 Comments

This was mentioned in my recent post regarding our K-Array loudspeakers.  Being torture-testers of audio, we routinely patch gear together over great distances and find power weirdness with perhaps more regularity than the "right-stack, left-stack" types.

At a community center the other night, our neighborhood suffered a power outage which ran from about my house (my girlfriend called to make sure we'd paid the bill) and into the community center next door and on down the…

Continue

Clients, Prep and The Strike: A Rant.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 10:44am 9 Comments

I realize that this may sound like Baker Lee's column in this months FOH but that is only because great minds think alike and maybe it's just that season.

So...

Dear Client,

You called at 4:48pm on a sunny day in our other-wise dismal city and I had not undeservedly joined the ranks of many others in slipping out of the office a few minutes early. I saw your number but since you're a first time client, I hadn't yet entered it in the "People I MUST Answer" list.…

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K-Array continues

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:30am 2 Comments

So it's been a year since we got our hot little hands on the K-Array columns and I thought I'd share how this has gone.  Again, the bulk of our shows are galas, special events and parties that may or may not feature music.  Intelligibility for spoken word for an audience of 300-500 for dinner is our biggest concern.

For starters, I still love mixing on the K-Arrays.  On the occasions when we get to do small "acoustic-oriented" performances I am impressed with the clarity and…

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